The Papacy has decided to stick its nose into international business, informing us, among other things “…the [financial] crisis has revealed behaviours like selfishness, collective greed and hoarding of goods on a great scale….” Let’s be kind and assume they weren’t referring to zillions of dollars in art hoarded by the church and continue on to the papal recommendation of a “global authority” and some kind of “Central World Bank” to undercut the “idolatry of the market” the Pope sees as so dangerous. Who controls that entity? Our good friends at the United Nations? The oh-so-successful bureaucrat in Brussels? The Vatican? The sharia department of Al Azhar? The eyes roll.

With all respect to the Holy See, time to restrict ourselves to matters of the spirit.